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THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING
Rivista di Medicina Nucleare e Imaging Molecolare
A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Affiliated to the and to the International Research Group of Immunoscintigraphy
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index (SciSearch), Scopus
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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2012 June;56(3):309-16
PET/CT and contrast enhanced CT in single vs. two separate sessions: a cost analysis study
Picchio M. 1, 2, Mansueto M. 3, Crivellaro C. 4, Guerra L. 4, 5, Marcelli S. 4, Arosio M. 5, Sironi S. 4, 6, Gianolli L. 1, Grimaldi A. 4, Messa C. 2, 4, 5, 7 ✉
1 Nuclear Medicine Department, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy;
2 Institute for Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology, National Research Council (IBFM-CNR), Milan, Italy;
3 Accounting and Budget Control Office, Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital, Milan, Italy;
4 Centre of Molecular Bioimaging, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy;
5 Nuclear Medicine Department, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy;
6 Radiology Department, San Gerardo Hospitalm Monza, Italy;
7 Laboratorio di Alte Tecnologie Oncologiche (LATO), H. San Raffaele G. Giglio, Cefalù, Palermo, Italy
AIM: Aim of the study was to quantify the economic impact of PET/CT and contrast enhanced (c.e.) CT performed in a single session examination vs. stand-alone modalities in oncological patients.
METHODS: One-hundred-forty-five cancer patients referred to both PET/CT and c.e. CT, to either stage (N.=46) or re-stage (N.=99) the disease, were included. Seventy-two/145 performed both studies in a single session (innovative method) and 73/145 in two different sessions (traditional method). The cost-minimization analysis was performed by evaluating: 1) institutional costs, data obtained by hospital accountability (staff, medical materials, equipment maintenance and depreciation, departments utilities); 2) patients costs, data obtained by a specific survey provided to patients (travel, food, accommodation costs, productivity loss).
RESULTS: Economic data analysis showed that the costs for innovative method was lower than those of traditional method, both for Institution (106 € less per test) and for patient (21 € less per patient). The loss of productivity for patient and caregivers resulted lower for the innovative method than the traditional method (3 work-hour less per person).
CONCLUSION: PET/CT and c.e. CT performed in a single session is more cost-effective than stand-alone modalities, by reducing both Institutional and patients costs. These advantages are mainly due to lower Institutional cost (single procedure) and to lower cost related to travel and housing.